Crabshoot, a rocking Alaska honky-tonk band, returns to Fairbanks after a five-year absence for three performances this weekend with a prelude Thursday night in Ester.

The Anchorage-based group is a collaboration of two well-established Alaska acts: Hurricane Dave and The Nuther Brothers. The four-piece band mixes lively original tunes with covers of classic country, rock, swing and blues, with a touch of humor.

The acoustic version of the act will perform mostly original tunes — including Hurricane Dave’s current single, the satirical “Don’t Touch My PFD” — at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Concerts in the Plaza in Golden Heart Plaza.

Friday night at the International Restaurant and Bar and Saturday night at The Boatel, Crabshoot will bring out its unique brand of “honky-tonk music to melt your feet.” Last-minute plans are in the works for an informal acoustic warm-up tonight at the Malemute Saloon in Ester.

Crabshoot consists of Hurricane Dave, rhythm guitar and harmonica; Michael Faubion, lead guitar; and Tom Torvie, bass. All three share vocal duties. They will be joined by guest drummer and percussionist Dean Reaves. The group last performed in Fairbanks over summer solstice weekend in 2014.

Showtimes are 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday in Golden Heart Plaza, 9 p.m. Friday at the Big International, and 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the Boatel, where they will be followed by another Anchorage-based act, the Cold Angels.

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